Phnom Penh (FN), Jan. 14 – Hun Many, one of the youngest parliamentarians, has commended the heroism of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's leadership, saying Hun Sen dares to sacrifice everything for the national interests even his own life.

The commendation was made on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s tenure of the premiership.

“Father [Hun Sen] is a teacher. Father is a leader. Regardless of his positions, father always prioritises the national interests. During his mission, he dares to sacrifice everything, even his own life," Hun Many wrote on Facebook today.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, leader of the Cambodian People's Party, has been the incumbent prime minister since 1985. He served from 1985 to 1993 and was second prime minister from 1993 to 1998. Elected as prime minister in his own right in 1998, he is the longest serving prime minister in Cambodian history.

Under Hun Sen’s leadership for 36 years, Cambodia has earned some major achievements, including ending civil wars, reuniting the divided nation, and transforming the Kingdom from a poor economy to a lower-middle-income economy in 2016 and is on her way to become a higher-middle-income country by 2030 and a high-income country by 2050.

It is worth recalling that Cambodia used to receive United Nations peacekeeping forces to operate peacekeeping mission on a war-torn kingdom. Today, Cambodia despatches Cambodian peacekeepers to contribute to peacekeeping mission.

Cambodia was known as a killing field, an insecure region full of landmines of which everyone is afraid. Today, Cambodia is a peaceful kingdom, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Southeast Asia, welcoming millions of international tourists per annum.

Cambodia was politically and economically alienated. Today, Cambodia is a member of at least 40 regional and international organizations, including but not limited to UN, ASEAN, and WTO.

Cambodia was an underdeveloped country plagued by poverty and food insecurity. Today, Cambodia exports thousands of tons of rice and other agricultural products to 70 countries around the world. Cambodia significantly reduced poverty rate to below 10% in 2017 compared to 50% in 1992 and absolute poverty in 1979.

Many Cambodian dignitaries and the general public have sent messages, congratulating the 36th anniversary of Hun Sen's premiership and commend his able leadership .